First the bad news: if you neglect spring lawn care, you could end up paying for it the rest of the year. Now the good news: the chores required of you in spring don’t entail nearly the amount of work that you’ll have to invest in mowing alone throughout the summer months.
The best time to fertilize your lawn in the spring, is when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll know when the soil warms up to 55 because the lilacs begin to blossom and the grass starts growing. For most parts of the country, that means the first feeding should take place by about mid-April but in the Southern states this could be much earlier. So keep an eye on the weather and soil conditions in your area for the exact right time to get a great looking lawn throughout the summer months.
Lawns can be fertilized naturally by using our 100% organic fertilizer concentrate utilizing the Sprinkler Magician machine for consistent maintenance. Or, use the concentrate in a variety of other hand-held or backpack type devices. Many experts recommend a lighter feeding in spring and a heavier one in late fall for the types of lawn grasses known as “cool-season grasses.” Too much fertilizer in spring can lead to disease and weed problems. And if you have already fertilized in late fall, your lawn is still “digesting” that fertilizer in spring.
Lawn fertilizer is essentially composed of 3 main parts: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Same as protein for an athlete’s body, this combination of elements helps to strengthen the weak parts of your soil & grass and nurture your lawn.
Each of these elements serves a different purpose in improving the health of your lawn:
- Nitrogen helps with the production of chlorophyll, a chemical needed for photosynthesis. (This element often requires the highest volume for your lawn.)
- Phosphorus helps your lawn develop healthy roots and stems. (This element is often needed in low volumes, but it may be the most critical element for the health of your lawn.)
- Potassium helps your lawn resist drought and disease. (Potassium helps your grass grow big and strong, protecting it from weather and use.)
For those who prefer weed-free lawns, spring grass care is as much about weed prevention as it is about fostering healthy lawn growth. Novices are often surprised to learn that not all lawn weeds are battled in the same manner. Depending upon whether a weed is an annual or perennial, you will use a preemergent herbicide or a post-emergent herbicide against it (although landscapers commonly use both preemergent and post-emergent crabgrass killers — an indication of how tough that weed is to battle).
Finally, don’t forget to take care of early insect and pest prevention using the Mosquito Magician concentrate in your 2nd reservoir in your Sprinkler Magician machine. Lawn care is useless if you spend all your time indoors because of biting pests all summer long. While having a smart looking lawn is gratifying being able to use your lawn all summer long is a happiness for the entire family.